private ranch wedding: catina + hays

They stood together, hands entwined, as words of commitment and promise were spoken. The moment that they had planned for all the days and months before was finally here. It was perfect. And in a rush, they all of a sudden found themselves, and everyone who had ever mattered to them, hurrying for cover in the middle of their ceremony. The rain poured down and the two of them simply beamed at one another, shouting sweet words to each other above it’s roar. And then, in what seemed like an instant, it was over, and the two of them walked down the aisle again. This time she held his hand instead of her father’s and they were ready to finish what they had started moments earlier. The vows were vowed, the kiss was kissed, and they were finally husband and wife.

They say that rain on your wedding day is lucky, so it should be assumed that rain in the smack  dab middle of your ceremony is a sign of double luck. But the two of them, they don’t need it. Because anyone who can smile through a storm as carefree and happily as these two did, who is simply happy to be with the person they love most, is undoubtedly meant to be. Because whether life brings the rainy days or the sunny ones, they’ll be happy just to walk through it together.

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Catina + Hays are married! Their wedding was the very first of our fall wedding season and oh what a bar it set friends! The color palette of navy, marsala, blush and gold was executed perfectly, from the bridesmaid dresses to the gorgeous bouquets to all of the amazing reception details. It felt so perfectly “fall” while also being true to the setting. Catina wore a beautifully fitted gown with lace detail and what is perhaps the longest cathedral veil we’ve seen to date. It was full of SO much amazing drama, and made the moment she walked down the aisle even more breathtaking.

MMD Events did an INSANELY amazing job with all of the decor throughout the day, which was doubly impressive because just 48 hours before the wedding day the venue was changed to accommodate some bad weather and flooding. Seeing what they were able to do after just 48 hours of prep was mind boggling, and every single detail came together flawlessly! We loved all of the unique touches throughout the day, from the fact that Catina and Hays had their menus printed directly on guest’s napkins, to the fact that their wedding cake was on a legit SWING. Every bit of this day was so perfect that when they exited through a tunnel of sparklers at the end of the day we couldn’t help but get a little teary at the sheer magic of it all.

Catina and Hays, we absolutely adore you both to bits and couldn’t have loved being a part of this day any more. You guys are two of the sweetest people we’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing, and we hope you love this peek into your best day ever as much as we loved making it.

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

Invitation suite with bridal accessories and boots Bridal boots and veil along with save the date magnet made from burned wood Wedding dress and boots hanging on metal spiral staircase by Sarah & Ben Photography Customized handkerchief and bridal earrings with gold accents The wedding rings against a wood grain background Bride and her bridesmaids in their matching robes Bride getting her finishing touches of makeup applied and enjoying a mimosa on the morning of her wedding Bride getting into her dress with the help of her mom and bridesmaid Bride getting dressed and a detail sewn into her dress Black and white image of the bride getting into her wedding dress Bridesmaids seeing the bride dressed for the first time Bride and her bridesmaids hugging by Sarah & Ben Photography Groom looking out the window of his getting ready room Grooms leather shoes and looking out the window while putting his jacket on Grooms watch detail against his navy suit Groom leaning on a white fence Ceremony space on a private ranch with custom wedding arch Welcoming sign at the ceremony and detailed florals along the aisle Bride and her father walking down the aisle while guests look on The groom seeing his future wife for the first time on their wedding day Bride hugging her father as he gives her away at the alter by Sarah & Ben Photography Bride and Groom at the alter on their wedding day Bride and Groom exchanging vows under their custom arch Bride putting the ring on her groom Bride and Groom brand their family logo into a wooden frame Bride laughs as she helps her groom brand a wooden frame by Sarah & Ben Photography First kiss as husband and wife Rose petals are thrown at the couple as they proceed up the aisle Bridal bouquet on a guest chair Bride and her bridesmaids at the wedding arch holding floral bouquets Bride and her bridesmaids Groom and his groomsmen at the wedding arch Bridal portraits around the private ranch Bride and Groom sharing a private moment as the wind wraps the veil around the couple by Sarah & Ben Photography Bride and groom walking through the ranch toward the reception space Bride with her cathedral veil blowing in the wind black and white image of the Bride & Groom by Sarah & Ben Photography Groom kisses his Bride on the forehead Bride and her groom embrace as the wind blows her cathedral veil Black and White image of the bride in a field Close-up of the bride's bouquet by Sarah & Ben Photography Groom whispers some sweet words in his Wife's ear during our photo shoot by Sarah & Ben Photography Traditional wedding portrait at the wedding arch Bride and Groom surrounded by rain clouds in central floridaSeating Chart with floral frame Table centerpieces including florals and gold candle stick holders Rustic wedding chair and floral table runners Rustic details and farmtables Glass Candle holders and floral centerpieces Linen printed menus along a farm table surrounded by glow lights Rustic reception space with tons of details Table details including menus printed on linen napkins and rows of candles close-up of the table decor including champagne flutes and leather name markers The wedding cake and customized cake cutters The wedding cake on a swing at the wedding reception The Bride and Groom share their first dance S'more station outside the reception for the reception guests Bride and Groom share a dip kiss under the sparklers of their guests



Credit Where Credit is Due:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Property

Hair: Cutting Loose Salon

Makeup: Morgan McCullers – Bloom Salon

Wedding Dress Designer: Ines Di Santo

Wedding Dress Store: Solutions Bridal

Bride Shoe Designer: Lane Boots

Groom and Groomsmen’s Apparel: Men’s Wearhouse 

Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo

Caterer: Michael’s On East

Coordinator: Nicole Kaney of NK Productions

Videographer: Lucky Lemon Films

Florist & Decor: MMD Events

Cake Design: The Cake Zone

Band: Matt Winter Band

Invitation Designer: Write On Sarasota

Officiant – Danny Bilyeu

Bridesmaid Shop – Bella Bridesmaids Orlando

Signage – Oh Deer Creative; Emily Grace Design

Favors – Southern Meets Mennonite

Bridal Accessories – Maria Elena


  1. Stephanie says:

    What a stunning wedding bride is beautiful and the details I absolutely love!! Such a cute couple !

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